December 7, 2023

Chicago has turn into the primary US metropolis to mandate that tipped staff make at the least full minimal wage.

Tipped staff are an exception to US minimal wage legal guidelines and infrequently obtain a fraction of that quantity for his or her hourly wage. In line with the Chicago Tribune, the Windy Metropolis has turn into the primary to remove that exception, requiring tipped staff make at the least the minimal wage.

”The ordinance embodies Chicago’s values of uplifting working folks and addressing systemic inequities within the restaurant and hospitality business, which, in flip, will create a greater financial future for tipped staff and our metropolis,” stated Mayor Brandon Johnson. “Most of the people who find themselves standing in assist with us immediately, these are heads of households and anchors of communities who’re lastly receiving a bit extra of the respect and dignity that they deserve.”

The transfer has been a controversial one, with opponents saying it should prohibitively drive up labor prices for small enterprise, or trigger folks to cease tipping as a lot in response.

“The sky possibly goes to fall in after we move this ordinance, however the sky didn’t fall in after we fought for and gained a $15 minimal wage,” stated Alderman Daniel La Spata. He went on to listing different pro-labor ordinances that critics warned can be catastrophic. “The sky retains on not falling. … One way or the other I’ve a sense that the sky isn’t going to fall immediately both.”